CDC Study Shows Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among Nursing Home Staff

Published: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 5:05am
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Residents and employees of long-term care facilities face especially high risk for coronavirus transmission, and nursing homes have seen several COVID-19 outbreaks.

Yet a CDC study shows alarmingly low vaccination rates among facility staff.

From mid-December to mid-January, the public-private Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program provided onsite COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 11,000 facilities.

During that month, a median of 78% of residents got vaccinated, compared to less than 38% of staff.

Previous surveys show little confidence among health care workers in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

But high staff turnover and hectic work schedules — sometimes involving shifts at multiple facilities — also may have limited vaccination prospects.

The authors call for expanded, and more focused, staff outreach.

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